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unfortunately, that is what we try to incentivize. they eliminated the requirement and left just these two policy requirements. jurisdictions in order to be eligible have to have been certified housing element and be complete with a street project. commissioner kim: what we specifically pushing for, what was incorporated in obag, do demanded that we have to meet a certain number previously? >> of what we're advocating for, as a prerequisite to these funds, and jurisdictions have in place some anti-displacement policies so that we do not see negative a fax from something we're trying to do. provide housing. there was pushed back from that from the region and we are advocating that that be added back to the final framework. that is something that we'll
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have to work with commission at avalos and mtc commissioners to get back in. commissioner kim: thank you. >> this is an exciting time frame. we have today -- we have to make a compelling presentation to the joint committee on the historic streetcar expansion project. that would be on march 9. we are confident we will get an exception on that. the time line is extremely tight. we do not have the full picture. we are waiting for mtc to release drafts and investment for the entire spectrum of regional funds, what projects will receive that funding. particularly important for the regional projects, multi-county projects, and other big county projects. right now, the schedule is for official adoption of the land use and transportation side in may, but we have less than two months to get there. with that, i would be happy to
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answer questions. commissioner avalos: 84 the presentation. we will go on to public comment. >> good morning again, andy thornton. there was lots of information there. for the one bay area grant, we will be coming back to spend money this spring. cycled two of a call for projects. there is one more thing that the s.f. bicycle coalition and regional advocates are asking for. we support the notion of delegating to the county's a block grant. here in san francisco, we are smart enough to do the right thing and apply that sophisticated lea. let's stop still piping and bring multiple policy goals and stretched the money further. the one thing we are concerned about in terms of blending is
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the safe return to school. in the first cycle a couple of years ago there was $70 million in the original program. you know in san francisco we have begun a safe route program, a very successful, still young. we are only at 15 schools. we believe it is important to maintain that amount at $70 million. that will mean san francisco county gets about $700,000 -- actually, i think we will get $1.25 million. the short of this is, we are asking mtc representatives and abag to please ask mtc to restore safe routes to $17 million. we are fine with lending everything else, but safe routes is different and young and special enough that we need to give them special protection to make sure it all go to safe routes. commissioner avalos: thank you. next speaker please.
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>> when the young lady spoke about equity, we had everybody jumping and asking questions because this city does not like to hear the truth. now, if in the southeast sector, which is the last frontier, we know there is a high incidence of cancer, asthma, and other chronic diseases. it is a requirement -- i will push for this at the mtc. i will push for this at a congressional hearing. you folks, if you dare to build so-called affordable housing on contaminated soil, and in an area where the bay area air quality management district daily shows a report in excess of asbestos structures, this has
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to be reflected in our decision making. now, there are some agencies, because they are governed by state laws, which you have not read, and which the san francisco county transportation authority thinks it can hoodwink people in the southeast sector. we will bring them forward. discretion of equity has to be discussed in the community itself. city hall can discuss it and make some policies and think everything is ok, but we need to go to the community so that we can tell them exactly over a 20- year period how we are going to address quality of life issues. we need to keep this simple. a lot has been said. a lot havs been diatribe, verbosity. we need to keep it simple.
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affordable housing needs to be built in an area that addresses quality of life issues. thank you. commissioner avalos: thank you, if there are no members of the public that would like to comment, we will close public comment next item. >> item 8. recommend adoption of the fiscal year 2012/2013 transportation fund for clean air local expenditure criteria. this is an action item. >> good morning. tfca come from a registration fee on motor vehicles. of the $4 collected, 60% goes to the bay area air quality management district. as the program manager for these funds, the authority develops the program and projects for these 40% of funds returned to san francisco, which are about $700,000 a year. part of this process includes reviewing the local expenditure criteria.
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project eligibility in terms of project type and cost effectiveness criteria are largely determined by the air district and by the tfca legislation. local expenditure criteria presented today are similar to those used in the past several cycles and have worked well for other tfca programs. the tfca program is generally not oversubscribed and the authority's projects have tended to fund all other projects. with that, i can take questions on the tfca project or the item in front of you. commissioner avalos: thank you for your presentation. we can go on to public comment. seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues, this is an action item. without objection.
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next item. >> >> item 9. introduction of new items. >commissioner avalos: any new items? next comment. >> public comment. >commissioner avalos: seeing none, we will close public comment. >> item 10. adjournment. commissioner avalos: we are adjourned. >> the question when i started 11 years ago when i started
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doing resolution work is can anything be presented on a really low resolution device where it is potentially a digital image? can anything be presented that way? or will it feel cold and electronic? >> the imagery will change. there will be four different sets. it is a two dimensional image. it is stretched out into three dimensions. the device is part of the experience. you cannot experience the image without the device as being part of what you are seeing. whereas with the tv you end up
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ignoring it. i make gallery work more self and budget and public art work where i have to drop this of indulgence and think about how people will respond. and one of the things i was interested in the work and also a little fearful of, it is not until you get to the first and second floor were the work is recognizable as an image. it is an exploration and perception is what it is. what are you seeing when you look at this image? one of the things that happens with really low resolution images like this one is you never get the details, so it is always kind of pulling you in
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kind of thing. you can keep watching it. i think this work is kind of experience in a more analytical way. in other words, we look at an image and there is an alice going on. -- and there is an analysis going on.
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commissioner wiener: i will call to order this meeting of the san francisco transportation authority finance committee. i am commissioner scott wiener, the chair of the committee. joining me today and are commissioner david chiu and carmen chu, a vice chair eric mar, and commissioner john elsbernd are not present. the first item is the approval of the minutes from december 6, 2011 meeting. is there a motion, 2nd?
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is there any public comment? >> yes, and i can call these items. did you call for a public comment? commissioner wiener: is there any public comment on the minutes? seeing none, public comment is closed. can we take that without objection? next item. >> item 3. recommend increasing the amount of the professional services contract with wmh corporation by $4,300,000, to a total amount not to exceed $5,900,000, to complete preliminary engineering, environmental analysis, and design services of the yerba buena island bridge structures and authorizing the executive irector to modify contract terms and conditions. this is an action item. commissioner wiener: is there a presentation from staff? if everyone could speak clearly, a closely to the microphone, to contend with the background music.
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>> understood. eric cordova, ybi corp. mission manager. happy to present this item. i am here to update you on the contract terms we are requesting an amendment on as well as the overall current status of the project. i'm going to jump right into the contract information and quickly give you a history, of state. at the end of 2010, the authority issued an rfq requesting qualification statements from engineering and environmental firms. we received six proposals, reviewed them, and executed a contract with the wmh corporation. they definitely had the superior understanding of the project as well as the team that could handle all phases of the project, the engineering, environmental, etc. it is also important to recognize the rfp included provisions to amend the contract
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to include the following services that we are here to discuss, the environmental phase and design phase. we have just finished preparation of the seismic strategy report. i will get into that into more detail. caltrans approved this strategy and it meets the highway bridge programming funding deadline, which were very strict. the good news is, we receive approximately $5.5 million of highway bridge program funds approved to date. that is a significant effort, working with them to get the approvals. now we are ready to move forward with further engineering and environmental analysis. i do want to introduce the team. it is highly qualified, led by wmh, and its president, william addai, as well asdave dickenson. they are primarily handling the civil engineering effort. we also have a principle of bigs
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cardoza and associates. we also have dan yao handling the electrical engineering. we also have judy chandling and john schwartz. they are a women-owned enterprise as well as a udbe. they are handling the environmental analysis. we also have leah haygood who will be preparing landscape renovations as part of the project. finally, mr. hubert law, president of earth mechanics. mike is the project manager. they are handling the geotechnical analysis. as you can see in and out in front of you, we are going to
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meet a goal of approximately depaul% and probably exceed it. -- 12% and probably will exceed it. we are ready to move forward on the contract for your approval. i want to make sure you understand where we are at on the island. sometimes there is confusion. we are on the west side of the island. a series of bridges that lead to the west side of the bay bridge, -- i'm sorry, and the west down side of the on ramp, as well as the eastbound on ramp. when you have in front of you is an aerial photo showing you the bridges themselves. they are numbered. do not ask me how the sequence numbering was arrived at. they are numbered one through eight. we are here to talk about these bridges in particular as it relates to their seismic deficiencies, what our proposals are. time is of the essence here.
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the seismic strategy reports that were approved in december 2011 indicate we do have a situation where, in the case of a seismic event, these bridges are not properly anchored to the bedrock. we definitely need to perform these improvements so that we have got a safer situation and it is today. -- and then it is today. these bridges were built in the late 1930's, 1940's. frankly, at the end of the useful life. in particular, bridge no. 2. looking at the steel substructure. bridges no. 4, 7a. 4 also has that same substructure. others need to be lowered to the ground or retrofitted. this is a typical cross-section
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showing in the proposal, in terms of what we need to do. we need to ankara to bed rock. shows the geotechnical planes. -- anchor to bed rock. these are perched on the side of the hill. as i indicated previously, seismic strategy reports were approved in december. five of the bridges, 1, 4, 7a, 7b, and 8 require retrofit. three of them require replacement, bridges two, three, and six. we have updated the cost, and i will show you that later. we are about to start the environmental analysis here in february contingent on this approval. these bridges fall under the category of categorical exemptions, exclusions per ceqa and nepa, but there are definitely studies that caltrans is asking us to
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support those findings. culture resources is one, making sure we take a look at all of the cold war resources here in the area, particularly those that of american and looking at the potential historic significance of the bridges, since they were built quite some time ago. we have an accelerated schedule given the type of approval we believe we are moving forward with with caltrans and f. h. wa -- fhwa. we are looking at late fall to early summer. that is the funding and that we have, getting these environmentally approved and design by early 2013, to meet the construction funding the nine we have agreed to with the state of california. finally, the updated cost. because we have some bridge replacement. three of the costs are
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significantly higher than what had been initially thought. we have approximately a $33 million project. the good news is, we have the funding program for all phases of the project, in particular, for the remainder of the preliminary engineering, design here. we have small local match from the treasure island development authority. finally, our recommendation is to increase the amount of professional services contract with wmh corporation by $4.3 million, for a total not to exceed $5.9 million to complete the engineering, environmental analysis and design, and to authorize the executive director to modify the contract terms and conditions. that concludes my presentation. available for questions. commissioner wiener: thank you, any questions from members of the committee? does that have any comments? we will open this up for public
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comment. is there anyone from the public that would like to comment on this item? >> commissioners, my name is francisco decasta. i have heard some of these presentations before, and as you can see the gentleman who spoke before you took his time, i hang because of -- i think because of my comments before. he has stated very clearly, and rightly so, that in the engineering process of the bridges, caltran has made it
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known to him, and hopefully all those involved, and this is a levy for the city and county of san francisco, that when it comes to resources, due diligence must be done. in this room we have another gentlemen, mr. saga, and he will tell you when we address similar issues, due diligence was done. it do diligence is not done -- if due diligence has not done, respect is not given to the people, as i stated before, you can build what ever you want with the best engineers, things will come tumbling down. finally, i want to commend the
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engineers and a grouthe group. you do a good job, but that land belongs to the first people. thank you very much. commissioner wiener: any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. is there a motion on decided to move it forward? can we take that without objection? that will be forwarded. >> item number four, recommend of a two-year award consulting contract to fehr & peers. this is an action item. >> good morning. senior transportation planner with the authority. this item begins on page 13 of your packet. it is a consulting contract award for the balboa park
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planning study. it will explore changes to the ball pola park station, focusing specifically on the rams from to under 80 and ocean avenue. the station is right next to the interchange system, and it is creating some current conflicts between freeway traffic and pedestrians and buses accessing the station. we will be looking in the study at the conceptual feasibility of changes, maybe even closure of ramp or two. if that is feasible, we will look at arranging station conscience to mitigate conflicts. this grant was funded by cal tran. the authority applied for the grant. in december we brought an item to the board for the approval of the required local match from prop k. the amount for this contract will be $165,000.
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we released the request proposal on december 6 of last year. proposals were due june were 10, just last month. there was a good amount of interest for such a small contract amount. we received a three proposals. we received -- we convened a selection committee. the panel selected to interview all three of the teams, and from that set up teams has recommended tehe fehr & peers' team. they had emphasis on complex multi-modal interactions. they demonstrated strong local knowledge of the area and task and planning efforts in the area. they demonstrated experience with cal tran, and has strong performance manner durimanagingr projects. the participation rate for the
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team is " percent signed, which met our goal. we have representatives from the fehr & peers' team, brooke dubose to answer any questions about the team. we're seeking a recommendation for the award of the two-year contract to fehr & peers. commissioner wiener: i want to acknowledge the work of commissioner avaollos on this project. are there any questions or comments on this item? seeing none, any public comments? seeininng none, public comment is closed. is there a motion? second? can we take that without objection? send it forward with recommendation without objection. next item. >> item #5, recommended award of
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a two-year contract to aarup north america ltd., in an amount not to exceed $318,000 for planning services for the 19th avenue transit corridor and as his study. >> good morning. this item begins on 17 of your packet. this is for the 19th avenue transit corridor and as the study. this study is exploring central feasibility of changes to 19th avenue, really focusing on three things. one is looking at the ocean view light rail line that currently runs down at medium come in looking at the feasibility of realigning that to the west side of the street. that would have transit access benefits. the second piece the city will look at is a g separating the cost from under light rail, either over or under the street to get transit operational benefits. third, looking at ways we can improve the transit connection
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to the bart station, which is not far away from the area. this is funded by the planning branch. the authority applied successfully last year for a grant. in november we brought the item to the board approving local match for the study as well. this study is also receiving by way of further information, some funds from local partners in the area. the land owners privas. the amount for this contract is $318,000. a bit about the procurement process here, we released our request for proposal on december 1 of last year. proposals were due january 9. there was high interest in this study. we received six proposals. we were very sick ry excited abt that. we had up procurement process. the panel

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